AWS vs Azure: Comparison

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AWS and Azure are the top players in the cloud computing industry and most businesses struggle to choose between the two. Both have their strengths and loopholes, and as business owners it becomes imperative to weigh which one scores better for your business, before you launch into cloud. This blog explores the various facets of comparison between Azure and AWS.

An Overview about AWS and Azure

It’s AWS was launched long before in 2006 and was the most sought after cloud in the industry till Azure took birth. AWS offering services are categorized into Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) and has a history to producing scalable and efficient outcomes to businesses.

Azure came in 2010 , emerging as one of the biggest commercial cloud service provider. It offers a broad spectrum of integrated services and functionalities such as analytics, computing, networking, database, storage, mobile and web applications that seamlessly integrate with your environment in order to achieve efficiency and scalability.

Should you compare between the two ?

There are mainly two reasons why you shouldn’t compare AWS and Azure based on revenues and growth. The first is that Microsoft does not release individual revenue figures for Azure, but includes them in what the company refers to as its “Commercial Cloud Business”. These figures also include Office 365 revenues, so there is no accurate way to compare AWS and Azure on revenues and growth alone.   

The second reason you shouldn’t compare AWS and Azure is that the two companies are very different things. Whereas AWS has grown into the largest cloud services provider by being first to market and by being the more developer-friendly of the two platforms, Azure caters better for larger organizations already committed to Microsoft products moving an existing infrastructure to the cloud.

For you to decide what’s best for your business , let’s weigh it against different scenarios.

Security

The new design of Azure is based on Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) which is an industry’s major assurance process. It contains security at its base and private data and all the services stays protected and protected while they are on Azure Cloud.

The first cloud vendor was Microsoft which was approved by the European Union’s data protection authorities and the Working party of Article 29. They also were the first to willingly accept the new international standard for Cloud privacy, ISO 27018. And so, Microsoft is considered the best in terms of safety for all operations and data on the Azure Cloud.

Developer Tools

Azure and AWS have slightly different approach, when it comes to developer tools.  Only based on the processes and tools that is used by Amazon’s own internal engineering teams, the AWS suite of Developer Tools mainly focuses on supporting DevOps. The tools include CodeCommit, which is used to stores code in private Git repositories; CodeDeploy, which automates code deployments; and CodePipeline for a Continuous Delivery.

In addition to this, AWS also offers a (CLI) Command Line Interface for controlling AWS services and writing automation scripts. Amazon also offers one non-DevOps tool – IDC, there are currently 13 billion connected “things,” a number that will likely skyrocket to 30 billion by 2020, generating $1.7 trillion in revenue.Azure now has an IoT Suite that provides solutions for democratic scenarios like predictive maintenance and remote monitoring. It also offers core for push notifications, monitoring IoT deployments, streaming analytics, and machine learning capabilities that combine with its cloud-based IoT services.

PaaS Capabilities

Both Azure and AWS are similar in offering PaaS capabilities for virtual networking, storage, and machines. However, Azure gives stronger and faster PaaS capabilities which nowadays is more important part of Cloud infrastructure. Microsoft Azure PaaS provides application developers with the environment, tools, thus giving them building blocks which they need to build and establish new cloud services quickly.

It also provides essential ‘dev ops’ connections which are important for managing, monitoring, and continuously fine tuning those apps. With Azure PaaS, much of the infrastructure management is taken care of behind the scenes by Microsoft. Thus, you have 100% focus on innovation if you develop Azure PaaS solutions.

Cost and Pricing

A recent survey revealed that AWS is 5 times as costlier than Azure. However, there’s is an entire different type of comparison in terms of compute power, data storage options and content delivery system. Here’s quite a detailed blog on  AWS and Azure structure their pricing, and how you can best determine what’s right for you.

Partner With Tekpros to choose and implement the best Cloud for your business

By now, the benefits of cloud computing are well known in terms of costs savings, scalability and flexibility. The question is not whether to move to the cloud, but how to determine which cloud is the best fit. We help you make the right choices as ultimately it is not about eliminating providers that are wrong, but rather, identifying the right path to the cloud for your business.

We are TEKPROS, an Azure Cloud expert and a leading international provider of enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services. TEKPROS provides a full suite of reliable and scalable managed services, Migration, Security services, Cost Optimization, License Certification, Risk Avoidance, Audit Defense and Cloud Mapping and Strategy.

Enterprise clients depend on TEKPROS for customized solutions, delivered through an international footprint of state-of-the-art data centers. We have partnered several small, medium and Fortune 1000 companies and offered them with a wide range of award-winning managed services offerings for over a decade.

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